Monday, October 31, 2011

almost november???





Tomorrow is the first day of November and I heard that some parts of the country were getting crazy storms, snow and rain this weekend ushering in an early start to winter.

We didn't get the memo here in San Diego.  We are still rockin' big shades, tank tops and flip flops.  Still getting our pedi's in hot pink and driving around with the sunroof open. 

Saturday I made a 7-11 run for a raspberry slurpee at 4:00 in the afternoon.

It was a glorious weekend with temperatures in the 70's and 80's.  Kinda crazy!  I have never lived anywhere but California and I used to be a little sad about that.  But, the older I get, the luckier I feel.  It's a paradise here.

And, on another note, I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween trick or treating tonight with your littles!!  We carved Angry Birds pumpkins over the weekend {template here} and we are meeting up with friends to head out and score some candy with our boys tonight!!  If you are a local, look for me!!  I'll be the mama with Boba Fett and Curious George!!

I am hoping to steal some Snickers, Pixy Stix and Junior Mints after the kids go to bed!!  What is your fave Halloween candy??

Happy Halloween everyone!!!




Saturday, October 29, 2011

Do you facebook?? Will you join us??

If you are on facebook, I really hope you will join the party over at the new London Reid page.  Unfortunately, we were unable to rename the old page, so we have launched a new page and there is tons of cool stuff happening over there that you definitely do not want to miss!!

You can find the new facebook page here!



Come along and join the conversation, and invite your friends to hang out there too!!

There will be a giveaway every day next week to celebrate our new branding and re launch!!  We will begin with the first giveaway happening on Monday morning and continue with giveaways all week long!!  Once you have "liked" the London Reid page, you are automatically entered to win every giveaway!!  Yahoo, I love when it's easy to get free stuff!!

And...next weekend there is a HUGE event happening that I cannot wait to announce!!

So, if you haven't already, won't you please "like" us today??

I promise you will not want to miss out!!


Friday, October 28, 2011

free shipping friday {and a giveaway!!}


Row 3: Taylor & Lauren

I am sooo happy it's Friday.  Not just because our weekend will be filled with a sleepover, pumpkin carving and Halloween baking, but also because with all the fun changes happening around here, I am in the mood to celebrate!! 

Are you with me?

All order placed today will receive FREE SHIPPING using code FREE at checkout.  Woot!!

And....

All customers who order today will be entered in a drawing to win $50 in shop credit!!  Fun, right? 

Know what that means?  Just for today, you can order a sweet Taylor {the most popular necklace in the shop} for just $26 with free shipping plus be entered to win the $50 shop credit!!

What could feel better than getting a jump start on your Christmas shopping in October?!




Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Big, big, huge and gigantic news!!


Well, a few of you have already guessed it, but today I am officially announcing it:

IS NOW.....


In case you're wondering, Reid, of course, is the name of my oldest and London is what we would have named him had he been a girl.  And, I just love the way it sounds together.

I feel like the new name is more representative of what I do, which is primarily mommy jewelry with children's names.  When I started out, {Starfish} seemed like a great fit.  My line has such a California vibe and I am a California girl, and of course, we do live a couple blocks from the beach.  But, when you do a Google search for "starfish jewelry", you come up with 4,150,000 results.  Not even kidding.  It's not exactly good for business. 

I think the new name fits.  I think it sets me apart and I {hope} it will make it easier for people to find me on the web.  If you happen to get a compliment on your mommy bling in the grocery store from another savvy mama and you tell her you got it from London Reid, she is so much more likely to find me now.

As a bonus, my big presto-change-o comes with a much easier {and shorter} web address.

The shop is now located at:


Not to worry, though, the old {starfish} web address will forward to the new one for awhile.

The shop is obviously already updated, as is my twitter page.  I am still working on the new facebook page and the blog is still awaiting some changes as well.  I will keep you posted as we go.

So, even though it is a work in progress, the new London Reid branding has been set in motion and I am VERY proud of the new direction we are going. 

The one thing that is not changing is this: I will continue to offer unique, stylish, non-cheesy mommy and personalized jewelry that you can be proud to wear and give to your friends.

Thanks for joining me on this handmade journey.  I am excited about where we are going!! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

adobo chicken and japanese sticky rice



I thought it would be fun to share a step by step with you guys for one of my very favorite, tried and true, go-to recipes. 

Adobo Chicken comes from this guy.  It takes about an hour, but it is all hands off cooking time.  It makes the house smell yummy and because you don't need to stand over the stove {or even be in the kitchen} it is perfect for busy weeknights.  You can give the kids a bath or do laundry or help with homework while it cooks on the stove.  It's also really easy to double which makes it perfect for a big group or for entertaining.  I make this recipe at least twice a month and I always double it so we have lots of leftovers.


Here is the oh so simple ingredient list:

Adobo Chicken

1 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup white vinegar

5 cloves garlic, chopped fine

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

3 bay leaves

3 lbs chicken thighs, bone in

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Ready for the play by play?


1. Get your ingredients together and rinse and pat the chicken dry.

2.  In a large stock pot or Dutch oven, pour in the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, sugar, pepper and bay leaves. 

3.  Add the chicken to the pot, skin side down.

4.  Bring just to a boil, then cover with a lid, turn the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

5.  Remove the lid, turn the chicken over with tongs and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.

6. Serve alongside Japanese sticky rice {recipe below} and enjoy!



Japanese Sticky Rice

Ingredients:

2 cups Enriched Calrose Rice 
{Be sure that it says 'Extra Fancy'.  That part is really important.  I have no idea why, but the nice Japanese sushi chef who taught me how to make this says that it's necessary.}

1/3 cup Seasoned Rice Vinegar
{You can add more or less vinegar to suit your taste}

Ready to cook?

 Step 1::  Cook your rice according to the package directions. 
If you have a rice cooker, this is soooo easy.  I just add rice and water and turn on the rice cooker when I turn the chicken over {step 4 above} and then everything is done at the same time. 

Step 2::  As soon as the rice is done {while there's lots of steam}, add in the rice vinegar.  The combination of the steam and the sugar in the vinegar is what makes the rice sticky.

So easy and so good!!  Serve with Adobo Chicken and you're done!



If you decide to try it, let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

how it really is...and weekly randomness via instagram

Hey there!  Sorry I have been absent from my bloggy friends for Monday and Tuesday!!  Three days in and this week is already craaazy. 

Do you ever think I live in la la land, like things are perfectly perfect around here?  They are not.  I am normal and scatterbrained and some days just plain grumpy.  I need lots of grace and lucky for me the people who love me are forgiving and gentle with me.  Because some days I feel like having a good cry.  Take yesterday for instance.  I need to leave the house at 7:25 to get Reid to school.  At 7:23 I made my iced coffee.  When I went to put the cream back in the fridge the pitcher of iced coffee concentrate came flying at me and I ended up covered in a shower of coffee.  Reid was literally standing 3 feet away with his backpack on.  I undressed in the middle of the kitchen, threw my clothes in the sink and tried to clean up and get re dressed as quick as possible so we would only be a few minutes late to school.  I swear if my two kids had not been standing there, I would have just sat down in the coffee mess and cried. 



By 11:00 my day was getting better.  I had finished the day's batch of orders and gotten them into the polisher and I was printing the shipping labels for the orders going out in the afternoon when....power surge.  Everything shut off and the sticky labels got jammed and stuck in the printer.  Fail.  Fast forward 30 minutes, I am back up and running.  I spend the afternoon making updates to the website only to have to undo them because I forgot to double check that the version I was uploading didn't say "proof".  Fail.  My printer called to let me know that my latest batch of thank you notes, stickers and business cards were done and ready for pick up....and I realized that they were printed with a typo.  A typo I approved, no less.  Fail, fail, fail.  That's the straw that broke the camel's back.  Cue frustrated tears followed by a big hug from my Dad and an iced caramel latte.  {I've learned that the combination of those three can cure most things}.

Ugh, some days, I'm telling you.

Thank goodness another mom from Reid's class {and friend of mine} came over last night to make a scarecrow for the class with me.  We laughed and goofed off and glued gunned and it was good for my soul.

Today will be better.  I am absolutely sure of that.



And, now that I have that off my chest, how about some Tuesday randomness {on Wednesday, cuz that's how I roll this week}.









1. Army men.  Did you know that there are 202 in the container?  I have picked up all 202 since Reid got them last weekend.  You should totally get some so you can pick them up too.  Then we could be clutter twins.

2. I second guessed my decision about putting two desks in the boys study.  Because, why does a 2 year old need a desk?  But when Reid does his homework, Grant does his "homework" {coloring} right next to him, quietly and *most* of the time he doesn't even color on the desk or the rug.  Yup, two desks was definitely the way to go.  It's adorable to see them.

3. Reid reads books to Grant on the daily.  It is the sweetest thing. 

4. When I go in Grant's room after his nap, I never know where I'll find him.  Sometimes he sleeps on the floor, sometimes in his rocking chair, sometimes he even sleeps in his crib!  As long as he sleeps, that's all that matters, right?!

5.  Fresh red peppers from a sweet neighbor I just met who has a son that's a farmer {I had no idea!}.  I am going to find something really good to make with them.  Yum! 

6.  We tried a new restaurant for breakfast last weekend and they brought the boys a bucket of toys to play with while we waited for our food.  Brilliant!!

7.  Sock pile.  I don't mind doing the laundry so much, but I loathe putting the socks together.  What a weirdo, huh?  I have this little system that gets me out of this chore.  I leave them right there on the bench and when my mom comes over she sees them, pairs them up and puts them away in their respective drawers literally within the first hour she is at my house.  She is totally on to me, but she does it anyway. I love her.

8.  I am the messiest painter ever, but I really do enjoy it.  I have a pretty before and after to share with you soon!

9.  These boys just adore each other and that makes me really happy.  I hope that they grow up to be best friends.  I hope they stick together and look out for one another and support each other for their whole lives.  I hope we instill in them how important that is.

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I think that covers all the randomness for this week.  That was a lot, huh? Thanks for listening.  Love you guys. 

Hope you all have a great Wednesday!!








Friday, October 14, 2011

are you a local San Diegan?

Hey there!!  It's Friday!!  Well, it's not really Friday for me because tomorrow I will be out and about and taking custom orders at a fun Fall themed event and trunk show at the ever awesome So Childish


So Childish is a children's boutique, located in South Park and if you've never been you are seriously missing out!!  Leyla stocks so much great stuff for babies, kids and mommy's alike.


You can bring your kiddos out from 10-1 and have their photo taken in a Fall themed shoot with Sarah Jayne photography for just $20.  There will also be a silhouette artist, and DoodleBug Designs will be there to help your child create keepsake handprint mugs and Thanksgiving platters.  So much good stuff!!

It should be a super fun event.  If you are a local San Diego mom, please come out and say hello!!  I would love to meet you!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

some people are amazing...


I got this email a few months back:

"Hi my name is Rebecca and I ordered a double Taylor necklace a month ago, or so, and LOVE it.  I got the initials of my 2 boys Jackson and Maratu.  We are traveling to Ethiopia to visit Maratu for the first time and just found out we are going to be able to meet his birth mom while we are there.  I would love to be able to give her a matching necklace with his initial on it.  Something we can share as we will both share different and equally important roles as mothers in his life."
 
Wow, right?

And then earlier this week I got this email:

Hi Amber, just thought I would follow up on this necklace you sent for our sons birth mom a little while back.  When we were in Ethiopia in September to bring our sweet son home we were able to meet his birth mom for the first time.  It was an amazing experience to say the least!  She was a quiet, shy woman and seldom smiled during our meeting.  She did however smile when she got her necklace and told us it is her prized possession. Thanks for helping to facilitate such an important moment!  Attached is a picture of the two of us wearing our necklaces and our beautiful son Maratu.


I cannot imagine the courage it takes to put your child up for adoption, even in a circumstance when you know that it is the most loving thing you can do.  And I cannot imagine the courage and the size of heart it must take to spend your time and your resources to rescue a child who desperately needs a chance at a better life.  A child you've never even met, but feel convicted to Mother and to save.  Both of these women are so strong and so brave and I feel really fortunate to be a part of their story in a small way.




Wednesday, October 12, 2011

diy clutter control

Hey guys!!  So a few weeks ago, we decided that it was time to bring Reid's old Thomas the Train collection out of the garage for Grant.  The boys looove playing Thomas together and I love seeing them interact.  But...now I remember why we were so happy to put it away last time:


There are Thomas tracks and trains all over the living room floor.  Little bits and pieces that get stepped on and tripped over and create a ole big mess for Mama to clean up.  Um, no thank you.

We had been storing them in a big plastic tub, but that wasn't really working.  It was too big and bulky for the boys to move so it was just constantly in the middle of the room and in the way.  Plus it was ugly. 

Then I came across an old wood bin in my workshop that I've had for years and a little light bulb went off.


I bought some casters at Lowes for a couple dollars and used my hot glue gun to attach them to all four corners of the underside of the box {the box was too thin to drill through}.




I let the glue cool, then set it on the wood floor and gave it a kick.  As it rolled across the Dining Room, I yelled "I'm a genius!!" {dead serious} and Reid and Sam came out of Reid's room to see what all the fuss was about. 


Reid said, "You're not a genius Mom.  You just put wheels on the bottom of a box."  Um, I'm sorry.  That's enough.  That totally qualifies.  I'm a genius.  Admit it or have a time out.


I added my favorite chalkboard label and loaded all the Thomas bits and pieces from all over the floor. 




Now the boys can roll it to wherever they are playing and because it's low to the ground it's easy for them to clean up and roll it out of the way when they're done.

Wonder what my kids are doing while I'm hot gluing my heart out?  Reid called "Mom!!  Special delivery!!" just as I was loading up the last Thomas pieces and this is what I found outside the back door. 


My sweet little pie.  Just look at those chubby fingers!!  Grant will pretty much do whatever his big brother tells him.  Luckily that hasn't gotten us into too much trouble...yet!

I hope I inspired you to run out and get some casters and fire up your hot glue gun!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

winners and tuesday randomness {via instagram}

Thanks so much to all of you who entered the Cameron giveaway!!  The two randomly selected winners are:

Sparkle Me

and 

Arena @ I Run For My Kids 

Congrats Ladies!!  Please email me with your custom info and ship to!!

And, now for this weeks installment of Tuesday randomness....


  

1. My Monday morning laundry pile.  Because I don't like to do laundry on the weekends.  This is what greets me every Monday.

2. What happens when you don't put shoes on before you start painting.  Buh bye french pedi.

3. Casters from Lowes for a fun DIY I plan to share later this week.

4. Sofa pillows from West Elm that I am in lurve with.  Notice that they are already grey.  That's a self defense mechanism.

5. Fancy new pillow that I am seriously concerned my monsters might destroy by Friday.

6. New Coach backpack my sis-in-law scored for me while outlet shopping!!  Squeee!!!!  I love her!!

I plan to spend the day filling orders, plowing through {more} laundry and finishing up a few painting projects from the weekend!  Right after I fuel up on iced coffee...Happy Tuesday!!









Thursday, October 6, 2011

tiny and awesome: the new cameron necklace {giveaway!!}


Today is the official launch of the brand new Cameron necklace.  It's kind of a big deal because it's the first all gold-fill necklace I've added to the line.  This is also the first necklace I've added that doesn't have blackened letters.  It's a super timeless piece, in a classic tiny block font. 

The Cameron pairs a pea sized, slightly domed charm with a delicate gold-fill 16" chain.  You can also get this one in an 18" length if you prefer. 




This necklace is super dainty and sweet and awesome for layering with larger, chunkier pieces.  And, the most awesome part?  It's just $32 {!!}.  Additional charms are available for $8 each.

Here's how it looks with three charms. 



I love the & mark in the middle...it could be perfect as a mommy necklace as or a sweetheart necklace.  Such a perfect bridal shower or engagement gift!

I have worked really hard on this design tweaking and tweaking and I feel like it's finally exactly what I envisioned.

I hope you guys love it just as much as I do!  I am giving two of these little pretties away to my awesome readers, so leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win!!

Happy weekend friends!!
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